The VCA and Estero Country Club have created a joint VCA/ECC Rail to Trail Committee to represent our interests and provide consistent and aggressive opposition to the proposed route through our community and golf course.
The Committee consists of:
Tom Rubbelke, chairperson and VCA Board Member
Robbie Robinson, VCA Board President
Deborah Moulton, VCA Board Member
Beth Wardlaw, ECC Board Member
Art Camiolo, ECC Board Member
Bruce Ackerman, ECC Board Member
Bryan Roe, ECC General Manager
The committee held its first meeting on 9/21. Jon McLain, Estero Vice Mayor and Estero representative on the Lee/Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization, attended to provide insight into the project status and the Village's longterm plans. McClain is an ECC member and is opposed to the route through our community.
This project is in the very preliminary stages with the Metropolitan Planning Organization proposing 3 alternate routes and a group called Planet Connected proposing a light rail system. It appears that neither project has approval or funding and both are years, if not decades away from fruition. However, we need to continue to register our objections and work to implement alternatives.
Several VCA/ECC Rail to Trail Committee members will be attending the Estero Village Council meeting October 5th to present our objections and concerns.
The need to increase the visibility of The Vines and ECC as good neighbors and valuable community members in the Village and surrounding area was also discussed. If you have ideas for community outreach opportunities please contact a committee member.
The VCA/ECC Rail to Trail Committee will be gathering information from all participating governmental and advocacy organizations for presentation to the Vines residents and ECC members at a meeting to be held in the dining room of Estero Country Club at 3pm on October 10th.